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Retire in Pell City, Alabama?
Overview: On the shores of 17,000-acre Logan Martin Lake in northeastern Alabama, easygoing Pell City is St. Clair County's largest and fastest growing community. It is just half an hour to the east of Birmingham, the state's largest city (population 215,000).
The lake is the main draw here, and Lakeside Park has walking fishing piers, a swim area and direct access to the water. Logan Martin has eight marinas and 275 miles of shoreline, and the the annual boat show and Lakefest are popular events. Fishing tournaments happen year round. The downtown is dotted with specialty shops and loft apartments, and the Artscape Gallery and Council for the Arts hold an annual festival. The Pell City Center houses a community theater and a sports arena, and the annual Hometown Block Party draws large crowds and features music and homestyle food. The Toughman Alabama triathlon brings out local athletes, and two golf courses attract players of all ages. Other recreation facilities include an outdoor sports complex and an indoor cardio center.
Strip malls along U.S. 231 have banks, fast food places, discount stores and the like. Neighborhoods are well kept, and a housing dollar goes a long way. Many homes are on a large lot, and architectural styles include brick Colonial, ranch rambler, plantation and others.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 41%
Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Median Home Price: $155,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Citizens Baptist Medical Center is 15 miles away in Talladega and is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Cons: The tornado risk is 260% greater than the national average.
Is Alabama Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Pell City has a nice reputation and has grown by 40% within the last decade or two. The entire area is up and coming as Birmingham has undergone somewhat of an economic rebirth in recent years.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Heart of Dixie was admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819. The Cotton State was a major player in both the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement. Montgomery was once the capital of the Confederacy and also the heart of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Its current economy is fed by agriculture, auto production, and aerospace. Only Arkansas and Georgia produce more broiler chickens. Alabamians built the Apollo 11 rocket and helped land the first human on the moon.
Bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama covers 52,423 square miles of land and water. Topography ranges from mountains and plateaus to river valleys, lowlands, and coastal plains. Average rainfall is 56 inches per year. Growing seasons can be long and summers hot. Winters are normally mild.
Mobile, Alabama has the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Nicholas Langlois introduced Carnival to the city in 1703, fifteen years before New Orleans was founded.
Population - 4,863,300
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 84%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 23%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 4%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $43,634
Median home value - $125,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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